There’s a rather simple narrative in Chicago right now when it comes to the season-opening loss to Buffalo, and it’s JAY CUTLER’S FAULT. This isn’t entirely wrong, as Cutler threw two interceptions in the Buffalo game, and both led to Buffalo points. In fact, as I went over yesterday, every Bears turnover led to points for the Bills.
But while one of the interceptions Jay threw was terrible, the first one wasn’t really clear until looking at the tape. After watching the play a few times, I feel confident that the interception wasn’t on Cutler, and that he actually made the right decision. It was somebody else who screwed up.
The Bears signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday, and while this would have been a much more exciting signing four years ago, it’s still an interesting one today.
With Marquess Wilson going down with a broken collarbone in camp, the options the Bears had for the third receiver spot weren’t very inspiring, and now they’ve got an option in camp that could end up working out pretty well.
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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Brandon Marshall is the first professional athlete to go on a morning talk show and sign his contract extension. At first I wasn’t sure it was really happening, but the Bears confirmed the extension themselves shortly after Marshall broke the news on The View.
You may not actually be aware of it since there hasn’t been a lot of chatter on the situation, but Brandon Marshall only has one year remaining on his contract. Marshall is going to make $9.3 million in 2014 and then, barring a contract extension before the end of the year, he’s going to hit the free agent market.
Considering the way he has played since coming to the Bears and putting on the orange and blue, there’s a chance he could prove to be too expensive for Chicago, particularly with the emergence of Alshon Jeffery.
There’s good news, however. Just because Marshall may be worth a lot doesn’t mean he’s going to need a lot. Marshall says he has no plans on leaving Chicago, and he’s not going to need a huge contract to stay, either.
Bears fans found themselves in a strange position this season. Thanks to the play of Josh McCown when Jay Cutler was hurt, we were all in a place that actually included debate about whether or not the Bears should let Cutler go in favor of a 34-year old journeyman who played really well for a month.
Cutler would eventually sign his new deal to put an end to that debate, and we don’t know what will become of Josh McCown, but things could have been a lot different had the Bears listened to Mike Tice. Yes, that’s an actual sentence you should take seriously. I meant to write it and everything.
Maybe you didn’t notice it on Wednesday night against the Rangers, but Marcus Kruger got some time as the second-line center with Patrick Kane. Well, on Thursday it was announced that Kruger would be on the second line with Kane again against Montreal on Saturday, as Quenneville said he’s going to get a shot at the job.